Province's Downsview Lands New Site Of State-Of-The-Art Humber River Regional Hospital



    Access To Health Care To Improve For One Of Toronto's Fastest Growing
    Communities

    TORONTO, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government's latest acute care
replacement hospital project for Toronto will be constructed on Ontario
government lands at Keele Street and Wilson Avenue, Minister of Public
Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan announced today.
    "This is an essential part of our plan to rebuild and modernize hospitals
across Ontario to reduce wait times and improve access to top-quality care.
Besides leasing approximately 30 acres of land to the Humber River Regional
Hospital for a new state-of-the-art acute care hospital in north-western
Toronto, we're investing more than $5 billion in health care infrastructure
over five years - the largest investment in more than a generation," said
Caplan. "It's also part of our commitment to make the best use of the
government's real estate assets, in the best interest of the public."
    The new health care complex will consolidate and enhance acute care
services currently offered by the hospital from three smaller outdated sites.
It will offer a comprehensive range of in-patient services including expanded
emergency services, state-of-the-art diagnostic services and modern infectious
disease containment systems. The government is also supporting the
redevelopment of one of the hospital's sites for ambulatory care services to
provide a wide range of out-patient services to the community. Construction of
the new hospital is expected to begin in 2010.
    "Our government has a vision of a health care system that will help keep
Ontarians healthier, provide care when they are sick, and that will be there
for their children and grandchildren," said George Smitherman, Minister of
Health and Long-Term Care. "By upgrading and modernizing Humber River Regional
at this new site, we are making that vision a reality."
    "This land will provide a foundation for building a new hospital - one
that will help serve the health care needs of our fast-growing community,"
said Monte Kwinter, MPP for York Centre. "Our government is working with our
local partners here in northwest Toronto to provide this community with a
hospital that people living here want and need."
    "This is great news for our hospital, our patients and the community,"
said Norman Naumoff, chair of Humber River Regional Hospital's Board of
Directors. "After exhaustive analysis and years of discussion with healthcare
partners and community members, we're delighted that the Ontario government
has approved the location of our new home, and that our redevelopment plans
are moving forward in this manner."
    "We're very excited about the opportunity this provides to our
community," said Dr. Rueben Devlin, president & CEO of Humber River Regional
Hospital. "This is an important next step in the planning for our new acute
care facility, one that will reach into our community and provide a wide range
of medical services as close to home as possible. We can also focus our
efforts on converting one of existing sites into an accessible ambulatory care
centre that will serve thousands of people in our community."
    The Humber River Regional Hospital project was approved as part of the
province's five-year, $30-billion-plus infrastructure investment plan, ReNew
Ontario. Like all hospitals in Ontario, Humber River Regional Hospital is
publicly owned and controlled.

    
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          NEW HOSPITAL TO SUPPORT TORONTO'S RAPID POPULATION GROWTH
    

    The Government of Ontario is leasing a portion of its Downsview site to
Humber River Regional Hospital to enable the hospital to construct a new,
state-of-the-art hospital complex. The hospital is centered in one of Canada's
most culturally diverse and fastest growing communities. It provides care to
all parts of northwestern Toronto and beyond. The new state-of-the-art acute
care hospital will be built on approximately 30 acres of land at Keele Street
and Wilson Avenue in northwestern Toronto.

    Site Selection for New Hospital Site

    Humber River Regional Hospital conducted a comprehensive site selection
analysis for its new hospital complex. Its existing three sites (Finch - 18.8
acres, Church - 11.5 acres and Keele - 16.8 acres) are too small to
accommodate the acute care complex and its future growth needs.

    
    The hospital required approximately 30 acres for the new facility. A
number of potential sites were evaluated against several criteria:
    -   Adequate acreage to accommodate future growth requirements
    -   Availability of land
    -   Access to highway
    -   Location relative to the area the hospital serves
    -   Distance and access from current sites
    -   Zoning requirements
    

    As a result of this analysis, Humber River Regional Hospital selected the
Downsview site as the preferred location for the new acute care facility.

    Government of Ontario Downsview Complex

    The Government of Ontario land at Downsview is 74.7 acres bordered by
Highway 401 in the south, Wilson Avenue in the north, Keele Street in the east
and Ridge Road in the west. Approximately 30 acres of under-utilized land on
the western side of the property will be leased to Humber River Regional
Hospital for its new state-of-the-art hospital complex.
    The land transaction with the Humber River Regional Hospital is part of
the government's strategic management of its real estate portfolio - to ensure
that the government makes the best use of its land and buildings to better
support public priorities.
    Currently, the Downsview site is being used by eight different ministries
with approximately 2,500 staff. The site is large enough to accommodate the
hospital as well as government employees and other tenants currently working
on the property.

    ReNew Ontario

    The Humber River Regional Hospital project is part of ReNew Ontario - the
government's five-year, $30-billion-plus infrastructure investment plan.
Through ReNew Ontario, the government and its partners are investing
$5 billion in health care by 2010 - the largest investment in health care
capital infrastructure in more than a generation.

    
    Some other major hospital projects that are or soon will be under
construction in Toronto under ReNew Ontario include:
    -   Bridgepoint Health
    -   Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
    -   Mount Sinai Hospital
    -   Runnymede Health Care Centre
    -   St. Joseph's Health Centre
    -   St. John's Rehabilitation Hospital
    -   Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
    -   Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
    -   Trillium Health Centre - Queensway site
    -   New Women's College Hospital

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048;
Gerard Power, Public and Corporate Communications Director, Humber River
Regional Hospital, (416) 243-4448

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